Published: Nov 11, 2010 8:03 PM EST
Updated: Nov 11, 2010 4:34 PM EST

NAPLES, Fla. - An evening of great food and good wine is helping to protect children in Southwest Florida.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children held an gourmet dinner and wine tasting at Sea Salt restaurant in Old Naples on Wednesday night.  Proceeds from this event supports the efforts of NCMEC in Collier County to keep children safe from abduction and exploitation.

“The work of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children could not be done without the support and generosity of people who care about children,” said Ernie Allen President and CEO of NCMEC.  “We are grateful to the Sea Salt restaurant and the Collier County community for making child safety a priority.”

NCMEC was officially established in 1984 after a series of child abductions and murders across the country raised public awareness about the need for more resources for missing and exploited children.  More then 25 years later, NCMEC has become the nation’s leading resource on these issues. 

The organization has seven branch offices, including one in Naples, Florida.  In addition to working with law enforcement to help find missing children and stop child sexual exploitation, NCMEC offers free educational and prevention programs in English and Spanish to help families understand the risks their children face and how they can stay safer.

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